What does the program look like for my child?
Students who enroll in the B Sharp POC at the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary spend time learning together in an academic classroom with other B Sharp POC students. The state required curriculum frameworks is implemented using a music-infused approach by the academic teachers. In addition to the music-infused academic curriculum, students receive instruction from a B Sharp Teaching Artist in music theory, social/emotional classes, drum circle, and playing a musical instrument. Students also participate in the elementary school Art/Music/P.E. rotation.
What classes are available at the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary in the B Sharp Program of Choice for the 2020/2021 school year?
There will be one class in each grade level from Kindergarten through 5th grade for the 2020/2021 school year.
What is a music-infused curriculum?
A music-infused curriculum means that the B Sharp POC Team relates content to music whenever a natural connection can be made. Additionally, the B Sharp Team shares ideas as a group regarding activities, vocabulary, spelling words, and math facts on a regular basis in order to help the students to better understand and retain their academic concepts.
Who are the classroom instructors and the B Sharp instructors for the POC?
The academic instructors are FWISD grade level teachers with strong backgrounds in music and the arts. The B Sharp Teaching Artists are exceptional musicians with a desire to teach young children. All instructors are aware of the research linking music to enhanced brain activity and are dedicated to changing the lives of our students through music.
What other opportunities are associated with the B Sharp Program of Choice?
Students in 2nd-5th grade will be eligible and encouraged to participate in the free, extended day B Sharp After School program. The extended day program runs from Monday through Friday from 4:00-5:30pm.
Students in 6th-8th grade will hopefully strive to earn a position at the FWISD Visual and Performing Arts Preparatory Academy at Monnig Middle School. These students will have the opportunity to participate in the B Sharp Youth Orchestra, a free youth orchestra open to all middle and high school band and orchestra students in FWISD.
Students in 9th-12th grade will hopefully strive to earn a position at the FWISD I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA. These students will also have the opportunity to participate in the B Sharp Youth Orchestra.